Sony Australia has launched a new competition targeted at Australian photographers, which is part of the Sony World Photography Awards.

The Australian National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from across Australia.   All images submitted must have been shot in 2013. Entries are free via and photographers can enter one of ten categories: Architecture, Arts & Culture, Enhanced, Low-light, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile, Split second and Travel. The winner of the Australian National Award will be chosen from entries to the Open competition of the 2014 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by Australian nationals.

The competition closes on 6 January, 2014. Entries will be firstly judged by WPO’s pre-selection committee and a winner will be decided by a special judging panel, including Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation. The winner of the Australian National Award will be announced on 18 March, 2014. The first prize in the competition is Sony camera equipment.   The winning photographer and two runners-up will have their work displayed as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition held in London from 1-18 May 2014 and showcased online at